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Talking Germans: Shockingly Good Shock Makers

It had been so long since I had some Bilsteins on anything I was driving, I had forgotten just how much better they are than the rest of the crap out there. Well, not all of it is crap, but there is certainly a dividing line in the damper products readily available (and affordable) to us normies - on one side of the line are the Bilsteins; on the other side is everything else.

I tried the economical route first when searching for some dampers to go with my new lowering springs (Mopar Stage 1), and that lasted all of a couple of months (Monroe Heavy Duty...HD my arse!). Then I tried going with the kind that were on it when it rolled off the assembly line (well, the Sachs version of the Mopar units anyway), and while those lasted longer and rode better, they still wore out too soon and rode too rough for my liking.

I tried to get some Bilsteins each time I had to replace those shocks/struts, but no one had any in stock to sell me...until now, that is. TireRack.com of all places had them, so I put the grab on a set, and man o' man, it's good to be home again! This is where the suspension belonged the whole time!!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I let the joy of the moment overcome me, causing me to lose control and start dancing suddenly. There is some security camera footage of the ugly incident, and I have included a snippet of it here. The sound is horrible thanks to the fan roaring in the background, but if you listen closely, you can juuust make out the lyrics** to the song that suddenly sprang from me mid-dance.



BLAMMO!!

You can never unsee that now!


A-HAHAHAHA!!!



Look on the bright side, you only have to watch that once. I'm going to put it on a loop and pipe it into every screen in the house for the wife

Nuke, OUT!!


** - the sound got dropped during one of the post-filming processing events I guess, so here is a transcript of the original lyrics:
"Bilstein, Bilstein...I love Bilsteins.
Bilstein, Bilstein...they are the best!
"

Feel free to sing along now that you know the tune I'm dancing to in the vid.

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okay - no more spray painting projects in the garage on a hot day in Texas...this leads to 'unusual things'

Seriously - I've used Bilsteins for 30 years - they last a long time and they don't pound the car apart.

the mass market brands - Monroe, Gabriel are aimed at the "boulevard ride" kind of demographic that has Crown Vics and Explorers (aka: no road feel or handling).

I remember when gas charged Monroe's were a "big deal" back in the early 80s, but I was replacing worn out OEM shocks.

I remember the OEM Delco shocks on GM vehicles basically were shot by 30K!

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okay - no more spray painting projects in the garage on a hot day in Texas...this leads to 'unusual things'

Seriously - I've used Bilsteins for 30 years - they last a long time and they don't pound the car apart.

the mass market brands - Monroe, Gabriel are aimed at the "boulevard ride" kind of demographic that has Crown Vics and Explorers (aka: no road feel or handling).

I remember when gas charged Monroe's were a "big deal" back in the early 80s, but I was replacing worn out OEM shocks.

I remember the OEM Delco shocks on GM vehicles basically were shot by 30K!
If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear you were less than impressed with my singing and dancing abilities...did I mention all of that - choreography, lyrics, etc. - was conceived and hatched ON THE FLY?!?

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I always told my sons "there are cameras every where and every one hates teen age boys so watch your shit".
But I gotta admit, I love me some German engineering also!!

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I guess you can say you're pretty *shocked* at how good the Bilsteins are.


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Don't quit your day job. Glad you like your new Bilstein's!!!
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Dodge also recognized how good Bilsteins are. That's why it chose them for the SRT.


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Dodge also recognized how good Bilsteins are. That's why it chose them for the SRT.
This is great news! I now have the proof I've been looking for to refute Mrs. Nuke's claims that I do not know what I am talking about half the time.

I can't wait for the next time she lays into me with, "Yeah, right! You're a real legend in your own MIND!"

Then I'll spring into action armed with this nugget, "Is that so, then how do you explain Dodge following my own personal recommendation to use Bilsteins as the factory-installed dampers on their SRT LXs??"

Then she'll realize she's been bested (again!) by a superior intellect and acquiesce in a suitable fashion, "Okay, you win. Please take me to the bedroom and unleash upon me the superior love-making skills you so clearly posses!"

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It had been so long since I had some Bilsteins on anything I was driving, I had forgotten just how much better they are than the rest of the crap out there. Well, not all of it is crap, but there is certainly a dividing line in the damper products readily available (and affordable) to us normies - on one side of the line are the Bilsteins; on the other side is everything else.

I tried the economical route first when searching for some dampers to go with my new lowering springs (Mopar Stage 1), and that lasted all of a couple of months (Monroe Heavy Duty...HD my arse!). Then I tried going with the kind that were on it when it rolled off the assembly line (well, the Sachs version of the Mopar units anyway), and while those lasted longer and rode better, they still wore out too soon and rode too rough for my liking.

I tried to get some Bilsteins each time I had to replace those shocks/struts, but no one had any in stock to sell me...until now, that is. TireRack.com of all places had them, so I put the grab on a set, and man o' man, it's good to be home again! This is where the suspension belonged the whole time!!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I let the joy of the moment overcome me, causing me to lose control and start dancing suddenly. There is some security camera footage of the ugly incident, and I have included a snippet of it here. The sound is horrible thanks to the fan roaring in the background, but if you listen closely, you can juuust make out the lyrics** to the song that suddenly sprang from me mid-dance.

Bilsteins - YouTube


BLAMMO!!

You can never unsee that now!


A-HAHAHAHA!!!



Look on the bright side, you only have to watch that once. I'm going to put it on a loop and pipe it into every screen in the house for the wife

Nuke, OUT!!


** - the sound got dropped during one of the post-filming processing events I guess, so here is a transcript of the original lyrics:
"Bilstein, Bilstein...I love Bilsteins.
Bilstein, Bilstein...they are the best!
"

Feel free to sing along now that you know the tune I'm dancing to in the vid.

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